Our actual plan today is to go to the Aquaria, but then my aunty invited us for a gotong-royong to finish up the bunga telur for this e-day.
So only around 4pm we start heading back to KL from Shah Alam. I was really sleepy when suddenly mr.hubby took a different route and was about to approach a junction between heading to KLCC or Mutiara Damansara he asked “ke nak gi IKEA?” Being me, I perked at any suggestions involving that yellow and blue furniture store!! hahahaahahhaha
Me “huh??…what now? erm oklah” but after he took that junction , me “oh here we go, kesian wawa pulak, today is supposed to be her day”
“eh sini ada Kidzania, should we try or not?” was a bit skeptical on this impromptu idea of mine. ” mahal tak?” mr hubby tanya he/heh..”of course la mahal, tapi should be around the cost budgeted for Aquaria rasanya? So how, do you wanna try check it out?”
I was still in shock until now that my mr hubby agreed to that last-minute idea and turned our car from the traffic light heading to IKEA and went straight into the Kidzania’s parking lot (uhhh sangat la sempit turning tempat nak turun parking dia, advisable bring your small car not big car takut scratch langgar tepi)
Right….now is the real part :p
As we stepped into the building, this “air asia check-in counter” greeted us. I was a bit confused at first, but not for long! It was actually Kidzania’s ticket booth la! Haiyaa…jakun ma :p
We were again confused with the term “with my Kid”, where the price are lower compared to “without my Kid”. I thought “alamak…we didn’t bring the kids’s My Kid la pulak hari ni” But after talking with the staff it seems that everybody misinterpret that those terms are just to differentiate between locals and foreigners la! Fuhh selamat, we were with bibik luckily she was also charged under local! hehe…
The entrance fees (local) for adult is RM35 each and for kids aged 5 is RM55 (without mykid RM75 (foreigners)), babies under 2 yrs old is FOC! For Kidzania’s official website just click here.
They asked Wawa to stand on the luggage weight area and put on a scan bracelet on her wrist. Then applied the rest of the family too hokey termasuk stroller Aqib!
Wawa was given some sort of passport looking book (a map of kidzania) and then a CIMB cheque!
They even give us the boarding pass tau! The staff was so cheeky that when we were heading towards counter ticket exit,”bang, you cannot board your plane without your boarding pass” and pass us this!! :)))
The staff escort us to the lif (as we were with Aqib’s stroller that day) and once we reached 5th floor, kononnya we arrived at Kidzania and had to go through this immigration check-up point. It was soo cool ok, with the replica of AirAsia plane by the wall, and the counter had this immigration uniformed staff scanning our tag as we enter to Kidzania. Siap ada kaunter “foreigner,warga asing” tuh! I joked with bibik that she’s supposed to check in there! LOL!
As we stepped into the world of Kidzania, the staff advised us to cash in wawa’s cheque first at CIMB bank. Being Wawa who is always shy and “tak nak” I wanted to accompanied here into the Bank but only kids are allowed. But luckily Wawa is always ok when taking orders from/ dealing with the staff/teacher. So she went in and cash in her cheque and got her 50 kidzo currency to start living in the kidzania world!
Waiting for her turn at CIMB counter.
The Kidzania Song and Dance (at every hour where the staff semua kena dance!)
Masuk-masuk je, the Theatre greeted us.
How does Kidzania works?! Memula terpinga-pinga juga lepas cash in the cheque. But after talking to the staff we finally know what to do.
Things that you should take note:
Go around the whole Kidzania to survey what jobs are available before you ask your child which job they want to try (or just sit look at the map, the map is detailed enough indicating where and what and whether your kid can earn salary in kidzo currency or your kid need to pay)
Parents are not allowed to go into the shop/office where the kid to do/try the job by them self. (Wawa was saying no no…because she was shy and afraid (nak mama or papa teman) at first but alhamdullilah later on she gained her confidence) So dear mommies janganlah stress kalau anak tak nak participate!! huhu! rugila sikit kat situ.
It’s better if the whole family can spend the whole day there because each job functions normally last for 10 mins,15 mins and the longest Wawa tried was 20 mins. Mak bapak melangok kat luar observing their kids from outside the glass divider just like an aquarium and yes they were all busy taking photos of their kids!
Queuing for the jobs is a bit challenging if you go on weekends or public holidays. From our observation, the favorite jobs usually got the longest queue. Fuhh panjang and you waste most your time there (if the job duration is 20 mins then you’ll have to wait for 20 mins la…tu tak termasuk time queue).
Among the favorite jobs we noticed :
1. Fire fighter (the kids got to wear full head to toe uniform, got on the firefighter truck and pusing kidzania one big round before spraying water to this hotel which is on fire)
2. Police (kids gotta wear the big blue adult uniforms and round the city-meronda kut)
3. Pilot ( This one is really cool the kids gotta try the simulation plane provided)
4. You can use KIdzo currency in Kidzania to buy some food or merchandise, just look at the map for the shops that you can use RM and which one you can use Kidzo.
5. Food are all expensive, 1 vitagen costed RM2.80!! apa maahall bebenor.
Jobs that Wawa tried were…
1. Poslaju staff ( they had to deliver and collect parcel and packages all around kidzania. 20 kidzo for the work done – gaji la tu) Masa ni rasa Wawa macam tak faham the briefing by the staff, sorang tu 6 yrs old so habis tah mana-mana kami pusing nak hantar parcel…penat wooo kitaorg ikut depa..mcm kecik lagi to try this job)
2. Jewellery Maker ( Wawa makd her own bracelet)
3. Went to study at NZ Painting School ( Wawa’s favorite! they got to try the art school environment and got to bring back her artwork!)
While Wawa is “working”, we took turns to solat, refresh and pusing around the kidzania. Wished, all parent are allowed to queue heheh….so jimat la masa and she got to try semua job! But too bad cannot meh!
Oh yes, before trying the jobs, you need to look at the poster info pasted on each shop/office.
The “information department” revealed the suitable age to participate, the capacity of how many kids can go in at one time, the time (duration) of each activity will take place and of course the “economy” either you are working to earn money or you are using their service and need to invest money kidzo. I.e. Panting school is suitable for kids aged 4 yrs plus, can only fit 6 kids at one session, we have to wait outside for 15 mins hehe Wawa got to enjoy her activity for 15 mins and Wawa need to use her 5 kidzo to join this school. Got it? senang la nak pilih activity apa yang sesuai dengan umur anak kita.
Don’t worry they have activities from toddler aged 1 yrs old and above.
Wawa tried a few more jobs …stay tuned ok….to be continued….banyak sangat ambil gambar!!